Amandla Stenberg

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Amandla Stenberg
Born (1998-10-23)October 23, 1998 (age 16)
Los Angeles, California U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2011–present

Amandla Stenberg (born October 23, 1998) is an American actress and voice actress. She is best known for her portrayal of young Cataleya in Colombiana and Rue in The Hunger Games.

Early life[edit]

Stenberg was born in Los Angeles, California, on October 23, 1998.[1] Her name means "power or strength" in Zulu. Her mother, Karen Brailsford, is African-American, and her father, Tom Stenberg, is Danish.[2][3][4] Her paternal grandmother was from Greenland and had Inuit ancestry.[5]


At the age of four, Stenberg started doing catalog modeling shoots for Disney. She has appeared in commercials[6] for clients such as Boeing.[7]

In 2011, Stenberg appeared in her first feature film Colombiana, as a younger version of Zoe Saldana's character.[8] Stenberg's career breakthrough came when she was cast as Rue in the 2012 film The Hunger Games, based on Suzanne Collins's young adult book of the same name. The Hunger Games was directed by Gary Ross and also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Alexander Ludwig, Isabelle Fuhrman and Liam Hemsworth.[9] Stenberg voiced Bia, one of Blu and Jewel's daughters, in Rio 2 (2014).[10]

In April 2015 Stenberg discussed cultural appropriation of black culture in a video she posted to her Tumblr page titled "Don't Cash Crop My Cornrows". In the video, which Stenberg and a classmate produced as part of a history class project, she states that cultural appropriation in pop culture, and criticizes performers such as Katy Perry and Taylor Swift for exhibiting the practice in their work.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Stenberg is involved with Share Our Strength, also known as No Kid Hungry, an organization working to end childhood hunger in the United States. Stenberg expressed her feelings about hunger saying: "Food is such a basic human need. And I just know that we can provide for every kid in this country."[12]


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Colombiana Young Cataleya
2012 A Taste of Romance Taylor
2012 The Hunger Games Rue Won – Teen Choice Award for Choice Chemistry (shared with Jennifer Lawrence)
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2012 The World Is Watching: Making the Hunger Games Herself Documentary
2013-14 Sleepy Hollow Macey Irving Recurring role; 4 episodes
2013 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Rue Stock footage
2014 Rio 2 Bia Voice
2015 Mr. Robinson Haley Regular role


  1. ^ "Biography- Amandla Stenberg". Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  2. ^ "Colombiana in Mexico City". September 29, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Amandla Stenberg: "So excited to be playing Rue in The Hunger Games"". Hunger Games Network. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ Martin, Michel (April 3, 2012). "Should Kids See 'The Hunger Games'". NPR. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Svensk Hungerspelen Fansida". Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Up Close with Rue!". People March 28.2-12/
  7. ^ "Amandla's resume". Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  8. ^ Jevon Phillips (September 23, 2011). "'Hunger Games' star on 'Colombiana' and life on the set". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  9. ^ "'The Hunger Games' Pulls In Rue and Thresh". The Film Stage. April 18, 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  10. ^ 20th Century Fox Film (February 22, 2013). "Twentieth Century Fox Animation Announces RIO 2 Casting". Business Wire. 
  11. ^ Workneh, Lilly (April 14, 2015). "16-year-old Amandla Stenberg Schools Everyone On Cultural Appropriation In This Powerful Video". The Huffington Post. 
  12. ^ Becca Frucht (March 20, 2012). ""Hunger Games" Amandla Stenberg Kicks Off Our Top 12 Lessons from Panem!". MTV. Retrieved March 25, 2012. 

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